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Is your business prepared for a pandemic?

January 10, 2006

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A recent CFO survey found that only 7 percent of businesses are preparing for a potential avian flu pandemic. Preparation is important for this and other events that can disrupt business and endanger employees. Guidelines include training and preparing an ancillary work force. Cross-training current employees and documenting processes can help.

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Organizing your chaos

January 10, 2006

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Many fabricators use fairly rudimentary methods to keep turret press punch tooling stored, but often tooling isn't really organized. A common method is to store tooling horizontally and group tooling by station (A-station tools a grouped together, B-station tools together, etc.). Storing them vertically and grouping them by size (all rounds go together, regardless of station) leads to an elegant and simple organization.

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Wading through the world of welding

January 10, 2006

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Two big tradeshows, Schweissen & Schneiden (Essen, Germany) and the FABTECH® International/AWS Welding Show (Chicago) highlighted several of the trends that have emerged in the welding industry during the last couple of years. Senior Editor Eric Lundin reviews many of the recent developments in arc and laser welding, and the growing use of another joining technology, adhesive bonding.

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Positioning your welds

January 10, 2006

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Robotic welding can improve your productivity, but only if your fixturing design lets you. When you're designing fixtures for your welding application, consider your fixture's material; welding circuit optimization; orientation and deposition rates; accessibility, repeatability, simplicity, and dependability; and alternatives to fixture design when design costs are prohibitive.

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How to prevent press brake ram upset

January 10, 2006

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Every press brake is subject to normal deflection under load. This deflection is corrected by shimming. If you deflect behond design limits, you will put a permanent bend in the ram and this is known as ram upset. You cannot adjust to compensate for ram upset. Remachining of the ram is the only solution. To avoid causing ram upset be careful about bending loads above your tons per inch limit and only air bend if possible.

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Cutting to the chase - Integrating secondary operations

January 10, 2006

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Tube cut-off machines have evolved to integrate end forming and bending capabilities that normally are considered secondary operations. The suitability of a cutting method to be integrated inline with end forming and bending depends on each cutting method’s characteristics and the bending and end forming requirements.

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Chrysler to build Jeep® Compass at Belvidere, Ill. plant

January 9, 2006

The Chrysler Group today announced that the all-new 2007 Jeep® Compass, revealed today at the North American (Detroit) International Auto Show, will be produced at its Belvidere (Ill.) Assembly...

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FMA/TPA mourn Berkeley's death

January 6, 2006

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.® (FMA), and the Tube & Pipe Association, Intl.® (TPA), are deeply saddened by the Jan. 1 passing of Harrison Campbell (Hutch) Berkeley Jr.,...

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DaimlerChrysler, Volkswagen announce manufacturing alliance

January 5, 2006

DaimlerChrysler's Chrysler Group and Volkswagen today announced that they have reached a formal agreement under which the Auburn Hills, Mich.-based carmaker will manufacture a unique line of VW...

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Mittal Steel completes U.S. subsidiaries merger

January 4, 2006

Mittal Steel Company N.V. has completed the merger of U.S. operating subsidiaries Mittal Steel USA ISG Inc. and Ispat Inland Inc.Inland was merged with and into ISG effective Dec. 31, 2005, with ISG...

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Alpha Steel takes on Macsteel Service Centers USA name

January 4, 2006

Macsteel Service Centers USA Inc. announced today that its recent acquisition, Alpha Steel, a distributor of hot rolled and structural steel products in the Midwest, will now operate under the name...

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Mittal Steel announces ISG, Ispat Inland merger

December 23, 2005

Mittal Steel Company N.V. (Mittal Steel) has announced that its wholly owned U.S. operating subsidiaries, Mittal Steel USA ISG Inc. (ISG) and Ispat Inland Inc. (Inland) will merge.Under the proposed...

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Airplane purchases boosted November durable goods orders

December 23, 2005

New orders for manufactured durable goods in November increased $9.3 billion or 4.4 percent to $223.0 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This was at the highest level since the series...

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Dana Corp. announces work force reductions

December 21, 2005

Dana Corp. has announced it will eliminate a total of approximately 800 jobs at one Canadian and three Australian plants in 2006.By December 2006, approximately 500 jobs will be eliminated at Dana's...

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Tube and pipe industry expert dies

December 15, 2005

Ron Stange, owner and founder of Tools For Bending Inc., Denver, died Dec. 3.Stange began his career in the tube and pipe fabrication industry when he joined the H&H Tool Division of Teledyne Pines in...

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